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Franklin Hosts 155th Commencement Ceremony

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

COLUMBUS, OH - Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, will hold its 155th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7 p.m., during which the University’s newest degree candidates will receive their diplomas. This commencement ceremony will take place at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. in downtown Columbus.

Commencement has always been a time of celebration. For Franklin University, the event marks a tremendous sense of achievement for students who completed their degrees often while juggling work, families and more. The University is proud to honor the achievements of this newest class of graduates and invites the community to join in the celebration.

Commencement Speakers
Cynthia C. Dungey is director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), a $3.5 billion agency with approximately 2,600 employees. ODJFS is responsible for supervising the state’s public assistance, workforce development, unemployment insurance, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.

Dungey has been a dedicated public servant for more than 20 years and has held leadership positions throughout state government. She served as assistant deputy director of the Office of Ohio Health Plans from 2007 through June 2013, where she managed the daily operations of Ohio’s Medicaid Program, including efforts to identify and reduce Medicaid fraud. In July 2013, Dungey transitioned to the newly formed Ohio Department of Medicaid, where she ensured that the state’s Medicaid operations and support systems functioned properly and efficiently.

Prior to her service with ODJFS and the Department of Medicaid, Dungey served as director of the Fraud and Investigative Audit Group within the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, to uncover the misuse of public funds, including abuse within the Medicaid system.

Dungey has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from DePauw University and a juris doctorate from the Ohio Northern University College of Law. She is a past-president and vice president of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, was a 1998 recipient of the Ohio

Attorney General Professionalism Award and serves as a bar examination reader for the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 2015, Dungey was the first recipient of The Wellington School’s Distinguished Alumni Award and is a member of the school’s board of trustees.

Also addressing the graduates will be Alexander Dontre, graduating student speaker receiving his master’s degree in Business Psychology

Alexander Dontre began his music career in 2000, as the drummer of his comedy-metal band Psychostick, which has since released six albums and performed over 1,100 shows in five countries. It was while on tour in 2011, that Dontre chose to pursue his education and enroll in an online program. In 2014, he earned an associate degree in finance from Columbus State Community College.

Dontre then transferred to Franklin University to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Financial Planning and Financial Management and graduated with honors, in 2016. Over the past year, Dontre has continued to pursue his academic goals, while touring, and today receives his master’s degree in Business Psychology.

Dontre currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, and credits the entire Franklin University staff with offering an uncompromising academic environment to nontraditional students. With professional and research interests that span his love of music, finance and psychology, Dontre hopes to innovate the business landscape of several industries.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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